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Rotary Club welcomes new officers with big goals

The president hopes to boost membership and help needy orphans and students abroad.

By SUSAN THURSTON

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 1, 2001


TAMPA PALMS -- The incoming president of the New Tampa Rotary Club has two major goals for the next year: expand its international assistance and increase membership.

Doug Andrews said he hopes to start projects to help orphans in Slatina, Romania, and students in Tanzania who can't afford to attend school. Money could go toward books, playground equipment, classrooms and tuition.

Andrews was among several officers who were to be named during the group's annual installation ceremony Friday night at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club.

Andrews replaces Joe Amon, who will serve as vice president. Ben Geradts was named president-elect; Colin Beach, sergeant of arms; Jerry Bever, treasurer; Don Whyte, secretary; and Tom Wade, senior director.

The New Tampa rotary was chartered in 1995 and has 75 members. Andrews hopes to boost membership by at least 10 people before his term expires June 30.

Andrews, 52, has been a member of the New Tampa rotary since 1996. He served as community service director in 1998-99 and parliamentarian for the board in 1999-2000.

Born and raised in Tampa, Andrews sells household appliances and other commodities for the government. He lives in Land O'Lakes with his wife, Valerie. He has one daughter and two grandchildren.

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